“What immediately comes to mind is Hitler’s paintings …” [Darleen Click]
Oh my, how President George W. Bush continues to live rent-free in the [alleged] minds of leftists
WASHINGTON — Many hailed the unveiling of former President George W. Bush’s official portrait in May as a rare moment of bipartisanship in a notoriously divided town. But the photos of Bush’s self-portraits published by The Smoking Gun Thursday night were met with confusion rather than cheers.
The paintings, obtained* by hackers who gained access to Bush’s sister’s email account and several others, show the former president in the shower and in a bathtub. A photo of Bush painting a chapel was also released.
*”Obtained”? No, stolen is the correct word.
Jack Fischer, who has an eponymous gallery in San Francisco, compared the interest in the Bush paintings to Adolf Hitler’s work in art school, while making it clear that he was only comparing the two artistically, not historically.
“What immediately comes to mind is Hitler’s paintings and the immediate brouhaha that that caused,” he said.
Then we have a full-on mockfest by “mega-critic” Jerry Saltz who reads all sorts of psycho-babble into GW’s personal hobby.
The other two images are not as sentimental. Both border on the visionary, the absurd, the perverse, the frat boy. Each echoes the same isolation in small space. Rumination without guilt. Thought without dark nights. The light in each is soft, subtle, embracing, even oscillating. As if the unreal has become a companion to the painter. The first depicts a man with gray hair standing in a shower looking at himself and us in a small shaving mirror. We see him only from behind, from the waist up. The shoulders are slightly rounded. The features are Bush’s. In the mirror is that stare, that empty, happy gaze. His eyes look slightly to our left, as if he can’t meet our own gaze and is in a world of his own. The glass shower door echoes the well-to-do nature of the portrait of the stone home. But also the layers of visibility, transparency, fragility.
G.W. Bush has gone on with his life, Leftists just can’t seem to move on.
Tags: george w. bush, hackers, paintings